Northcott client Sky Farmer and her mentor Vickie Mackie celebrate the opening of Northcott’s Ballina office yesterday. Rebecca Lollback
Northcott client Sky Farmer and her mentor Vickie Mackie celebrate the opening of Northcott’s Ballina office yesterday. Rebecca Lollback

Disability services offer hope

SKY FARMER wants to improve her communication skills, organise her budget and learn how to swim.

Now, thanks to the help of mentor Vickie Mackie, from Northcott Disability Services, that’s exactly what the 20-year-old Ballina woman is going to do.

Mrs Farmer suffers from epilepsy and other disabilities, but she said the Learning Care Mentoring Service Program hadalready helped her a lot.

Yesterday she helped celebrate the official opening of Northcott’s Ballina office, and the non-profit organisation’s 80th anniversary.

“Vickie is helping me come up with a Sky-plan,” Mrs Farmer said.

“I am not very good at making choices. I also want to be able to communicate better and havesocial interaction with others.

“I’m going to learn how to manage a budget, how to cook and do swimming and drama.”

The program is one of five on offer at Northcott’s Ballina office.

Others include individual and family support, an early start diagnosis support service, community participation program, and respite for older carers.

Northcott Disability Services’ general manager, David Bate, said they were committed toexpanding to regional areas.

“The new and refurbished office is significant not only for Northcott, but also significant to people who live in the North Coast area who will now have access to further services closer to home,” he said.



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